University of Jan Evangelista Purkine in Usti nad Labem (UJEP)

Usti nad Labem is an old Czech town near the German border, with a marvelous combination of 18th century architecture and modern buildings. The capital of the Ústí nad Labem region is known not only for its sights, but also for the most popular university in the region, the Jan Evangelist Purkinje University.

The name of the famous biologist studying histology, embryology, comparative anatomy and anthropology was not accidentally given to the institution. The founders of UJEP (Univerzita Jana Evangelista Purkyně v Ústí nad Labem) explain their position as follows: "Just as the scientist was an outstanding personality with specialization in many fields of human activity, so we are an organization with a wide range of training programs and specialties, preparing professionals of the highest class".

Jan Evangelist Purkine University is the most reputable university in the Usti nad Labem region. About 900 professors and coaches of various specializations teach students. Free tuition is available in Czech.

In addition, thanks to the Erasmus+ program, 40 contracts have been concluded with higher education institutions from 13 foreign countries. This educational program allows for cooperation and mobility. The University actively exchanges students. More than 500 students from other countries gladly come to Ust nad Labem to study at one of the best educational institutions in the Czech Republic.

Usti nad Labem

Official name:
Jan Evangelista Purkyně University


Type of university: state

Language of instruction: Czech

Faculties: 8

Number of years of study: 3-7 years

Study program:
Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, Doctoral degree

The modern university "grew" from the Pedagogical School, founded more than half a century ago. The university received its accreditation and current status in 1991. In 1993 a design (art) department was added to it, and in 1998 the Institute of Technology and Production Organization was added to UJEP. Today the university consists of 8 faculties and has more than 12,000 students, including foreigners. There are 900 professors who provide knowledge in 55 programs (173 specialties).

Jan Evangelist Purkine University, Usti nad Labe is a public university, so it is free of charge to study in Czech. All programs, equipment, invitations of famous specialists are paid by the state. As well as scholarships for excellent students.

Jan Evangelist Purkinje University in Usti nad Labem is gaining more and more recognition not only among Czech applicants, but also among foreign students. Over the past few years, the number of foreigners studying at the university has almost tripled.

According to the results of the admission campaign, the most popular UJEP faculties among first-year students from CIS countries are:

  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Natural History
  • Faculty of Socio-Economics
  • Faculty of Art and Design
  • Faculty of Production Technologies and Management
  • Faculty of Sanitary Sciences
  • Faculty of Environment
  • Faculty of Philosophy


It is possible to enter the university after completing general education or already having a graduate diploma from a specialized institution in a similar or related specialty. UJEP has bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs, with corresponding study periods of 3, 2 and 2 years.

A prerequisite for studying at a university in the Czech Republic is excellent knowledge of the national language - 95% of lectures are delivered exclusively in the national language, including specialized technology, which is difficult for foreigners to understand. On the budgetary form of study you can enter the following faculties:

Art and Design

Industry also needs creative innovation, decided at the University of Jan Evangelista Purkinje in 2000, and therefore the Faculty of Art and Design was opened. Although the specialization of diploma holders is wider - they are in demand not only in design studios, but also in mass media, advertising and marketing. This is the most popular direction in the university, with a competition of 3 and more people for 1 place. The enrollment is small - 70-80 applicants enter the first year.

Since its establishment, the faculty has its own art-production style, which works with industrial and manufacturing enterprises, with cultural, business and many other organizations and institutions. Its activities seek to contribute to the continuous improvement of the aesthetic level of material culture as well as the revitalization of traditional industries. Teachers and students in the classroom and in their creative and scientific activities also try to find new creative methods. The activities in the field of art theory and history are also worth mentioning. The faculty is fully an academic institution with its own publishing activities. The bachelor's degree program is designed for 3 years.

Bachelors have 3 specialties: design, photography and graphic design, masters have curatorial studies added to these programs and 2 English-language specialties - Photography and Time-Based. Graduate students study visual communication. The undergraduate exams are a homework assignment in the future major (sketching, composition, art photography) and an art history test. A portfolio and test are required for admission to the graduate program.


The Department of Socio-Economics is one of the departments focused on economic and social studies. It was established in 1991 and its main objective is to train qualified professionals for the public and private sector through undergraduate and graduate programs.

There is no English language teaching and no doctoral program at the Faculty. There are only three bachelor's and master's degree programs: Economics and Management, Social Studies, and Regional Development in the Public Sector. Depending on the chosen program, applicants take a foreign language, mathematics, general knowledge interview, and an aptitude test.

Mechanical Engineering

The main direction is software engineering in mechanical engineering. The faculty also graduates specialists in production technologies and management, there are specialties in specialized pedagogy. There is almost no competition, so for school leavers admission consists in the competition of certificates. Those wishing to study at the master's program take a profile written test.

Environmental Sciences

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences is dedicated to research and education in the broad field of ecology and the environment. It studies the causes of disturbance of the fundamental elements of the environment, ways and means of rehabilitation and preventive measures, particularly in the field of environmental protection. The study programs are oriented to the principle of flexibility and a balanced share of natural, technical, economic and information sciences.

The Faculty produces specialists in demand in sanitary and epidemiological inspectorates, researchers in nature protection companies, and the administration of nature reserves. Education is in Czech only. For admission it is enough to pass the school-leaving certificate competition, future masters take specialized examinations.


The Faculty of Philosophy at the Jan Evangelist Purkinje University in Usti nad Labem focuses on teaching and research in the humanities. In its work, the Faculty focuses on research activities, trying to create conditions for the widest possible access to higher education. The Faculty of Philosophy was established on September 1, 2006. The predecessor of the Faculty was the Institute of Humanities Studies, which was established by order of the Academic Council of the University. With the creation of the new faculty, a long process of transformation was completed, resulting in a new and stable structure of UJEP.

In 2006, after accreditation, the department provides knowledge in several areas: philosophy, history and related sciences, humanities, political science, linguistics and literature. The competition is small, but there is no shortage of applicants, as there are no entrance exams. They are replaced by a letter of motivation and excellent marks in the certificate.


The largest faculty of the Univerzita Jana Evangelisty Purkyně v Ústí nad Labem, which has been operating since the opening of the School of Pedagogy. In addition to elementary school teachers and subject teachers, it graduates "non-core" specialists - education managers, who later work in the management and supervision of school and kindergarten institutions. There are also non-pedagogical profiles.

Documents for admission are accepted until the end of March. The examinations are in two forms - written and oral, and depending on the chosen specialty they include mathematics, physics, chemistry, history, Czech language and literature, and foreign language. For those who have chosen music and fine arts, there is an additional interview to identify creative skills.

Natural Sciences

The mission of the Faculty of Natural Sciences is to transmit and develop knowledge in the field of natural sciences. The Faculty also aims to significantly strengthen research in natural sciences in order to achieve a more active participation in the European Research Area and international cooperation networks. Higher education is provided for all three degrees (Bachelor, Master, Doctorate).

The main focus of the Faculty of Natural Sciences is the use of innovative computer technology in modern sciences. Of the unfamiliar programs, toxicology and applied nanotechnology are taught. There is an English-language course devoted to applied computer modeling. There are 16 majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels, 5 at the postgraduate level, with 3 of the 5 programs taught in English. Examinations are given in April and June, biology is compulsory (written), and a major test of the applicant's choice is scheduled if there are a large number of applicants.

Medical Research

The Institute of Medical Research is a new, actively growing part of UJEP. It is the smallest faculty at the University of Jan Evangelista Purkinje. It came into existence in 2003 to meet the new requirements for professional training, combined with the requirements of the EU and medical centers in the region. The compulsory examination is anatomy (human biology). For some specialties there is an additional test or interview. Students specialize in midwifery and nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

6 reasons to enroll at the University of Jan Evangelista Purkinje

According to the statistics of the Department of Employment of the Czech Republic, the unemployment rate of UJEP graduates is about 5%, i.e. 950 out of 1000 graduates use their skills and practical experience. Educational documents are valid throughout the European Union, so it is possible to find a job without a qualification in many EU countries. Besides, studying at Univerzita Jana Evangelisty Purkyně v Ústí nad Labem is convenient for such reasons:

  • There is constant access to libraries, modern laboratories with innovative equipment, which allows you not to limit your curiosity.
  • Opportunity to participate in prestigious international creative and professional competitions, conferences and symposiums.
  • Receive a high scholarship and a chance to win a grant for free education in partner universities, of which there are more than 200 in Europe, there are institutes that accept exchange students in Asia, USA, South America. More than 68 million crowns are allocated annually from the country's budget for the maintenance (accommodation + allowance) of students.
  • Low cost of living, if the student has chosen a dormitory.
  • Unlimited internet 24/7 free of charge anywhere on campus.
  • Diverse recreation and leisure activities. The campus has clubs, aerobics and dance halls, volleyball and basketball courts, a climbing wall and tennis courts.

Usti nad Labem is one of the most popular tourist destinations, so you can combine studying at a prestigious university with aesthetic pleasure. In your free time you can visit Strzehov Castle, which did not leave Goethe and Wagner indifferent, history buffs will love Vetruše with its labyrinth of crooked mirrors. There are also entertainment for art lovers - the Opera and Ballet Theater and the City Museum. Do you want to be closer to nature? You can go to the zoo, where 15,000 animals live.

Studying in Usti nad Labem has one significant advantage. This city is small and not as touristy as Prague. Thanks to this, you will be able to communicate a lot with Czechs while studying at the university, taking your Czech language skills to a whole new level.

What you need for admission to Ujep

An excellent certificate or diploma is not a 100% guarantee of admission. The Czech Republic has tightened the language standards required for admission to the country's public universities in order to minimize the percentage of students who are expelled due to poor comprehension. The Czech language courses at Prague Education Center will help you "up the ante" when applying for admission. After completing the course, depending on the knowledge gained, students are awarded a B2-C1 level certificate, which is sufficient to pass exams or successfully pass the certificate competition.

Our program is designed for Russian-speaking students, the groups are small - 10-14 people, so the teacher has time to work individually with everyone during the lesson.

The path to a Czech university begins at Prague Education Center!

In addition to the language exam, foreigners must also undergo the procedure of nostrification of their certificate or diploma, i.e. confirmation that the education they have received outside the Czech Republic is appropriate. Nostrification can take more than a month. In addition to the certificate and diploma, you must submit a transcript of your grades for 4 years, translated into Czech and notarized.

The application package also includes a long-term visa and a medical certificate, so make sure you have these documents well in advance to avoid missing the school year.

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